Russia and US "make progress on a Syrian ceasefire", then a number of explosions in Shia neighborhoo
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[quote]A series of suicide bombs near a Shia shrine in Damascus and in Homs [B]have killed at least 129 people on a day the United States and Russia claimed progress in securing a ceasefire to end the Syrian conflict.[/B]
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, which has seized territory in Syria and Iraq, claimed that it was behind Sunday's attacks, which killed at least 63 in Damascus and 46 in Homs.
Some sources put the death toll higher.
[B]SANA, the official government news agency, said a car bomb followed by two suicide attacks in the area of Sayyida Zeinab shrine killed 83 people and left 178 others, including children, wounded.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gave a lower toll of 63 dead but said many of those wounded were in critical condition.[/B]
At least 60 shops were damaged and cars were totally destroyed, the AFP news agency reported.
At the end of January, bombings claimed by ISIL killed at least 70 people near the same shrine.
Sayyida Zeinab is believed to contain the grave of a granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad and is particularly revered as a pilgrimage site by Shia faithful.
The blasts in Damascus came only hours after dozens of civilians were killed in a double car bombing in the central city of Homs.
SANA said the attack happened near the entrance to al-Arman neighbourhood, with the Syrian foreign ministry saying that at least 46 people died and dozens were wounded.
The Syrian Observatory reported that two car bombs killed at least 57 people and wounded dozens in Homs' pro-government district of Al-Zahraa.
[B]Residents of the area are mostly from the same Alawite sect of Shia Islam as Syria's ruling clan.
Homs is largely under government control and has regularly been targeted in bomb attacks.
[B]The violence on the ground in Syria came on a day the US secretary of state said that a "provisional agreement" had been reached on a ceasefire[/B] to end the ongoing war.
John Kerry, speaking in Amman alongside Nasser Judeh, Jordan's foreign minister, said he had spoken earlier that morning with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, about the agreement.
Now, he said, both the US and Russia planned to reach out to the various sides of the conflict.
Kerry said he hoped that President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin would talk soon and implementation could begin after that.
He said the details such as enforcement still needed to be resolved and that the international community was "closer to a ceasefire today than we have been".
The Russian foreign ministry confirmed that Lavrov and Kerry had spoken about conditions for a ceasefire in Syria on the telephone on Sunday.
[B]It said the discussions were on ceasefire conditions, which would exclude operations against organisations "recognised as terrorist by UN Security Council".[/B]
On Saturday, a number of Syrian opposition groups said that they agreed to the[B] "possibility" of a temporary truce if President Bashar al-Assad's government and its allies respect several conditions, including a ceasefire.[/B]
The groups said that they would agree provided there were guarantees that government forces and its allies would respect a ceasefire, sieges were lifted and aid deliveries permitted across the country.
The declaration came as fighting continued on the ground despite a Friday deadline for cessation of hostilities.[/B]
The article only implies that this was the Islamic State that did the bombings and it doesn't outright say they claimed the attacks oddly.
Maybe DAESH is trying to sabotage the peace talks, try to make attacks look like they're FSA
Maybe,maybe not.Won't matter to the Syrian Regime though.
That shitty map makes it look like all the orange is occupied by isis
This shitty map doesn't even explain what the orange means??
What a fucking shitty map.
Orange is unpopulated desert.
Is it really that hard to figure out?
Why orange tho, why not white?
And regardless if its colored it should be on the map legend, map making 101
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;49791499]Orange is unpopulated desert.
Is it really that hard to figure out?[/QUOTE]
Since when are the Golan Heights an unpopulated desert?
Shit map tbqh
Sorry I'm not providing military-grade mapping of every militant position as of an hour ago guys. You're just going to have to suck it up with this generalized map that is meant to give you a [I]general idea[/I] of the current positions.
I can take the map out of the OP if we can get back onto the topic.
ISIS has been operating with relative impunity in the eastern Syrian Desert but there's not much there to be "controlled." I thought the map was pretty obvious if you have a gracile understanding of geography.
Syria agreed to the cease-fire. We'll see where it goes from here.
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